This project investigates how user interface (UI) designs can facilitate the disclosure of private information by persuading users that it is socially normal behavior. Combining Human-Computer Interaction methods with an experimental economics approach, this study aims to establish a causal pathway from beliefs about information sharing norms to information disclosure.
Human computer interaction
UMSI Associate Professor Mark Newman is working to develop a cloud-based mobile system to help people with spinal cord injuries or diseases to acquire self-management skills through a virtual coaching program managed by a clinician.
With this grant from the National Science Foundation, Paul Resnick and his team organized a doctoral symposium in conjunction with the 3rd Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Recommender Systems, held October 23-25, 2009 in New York.
Online access to data, computational tools, and resources can be invaluable to researchers, whether it’s offered in a format called a science gateway, portal, or hub. Nevertheless, funding for the ongoing development and maintenance of gateways is far from guaranteed. This prompted the question, "What makes one science gateway more successful than another?"
UMSI professor Lionel Robert will be joining engineering professors Vineet Kamat and SangHyun Lee on this MCubed project that will study the use of visual prototyping techniques in the modeling and study of human and robot motion for a number of applications.
Katherine Lawrence, researcher at the School of Information, is participating in a project funded by the National Science Foundation to plan a Science Gateway Institute. This institute would offer a complete range of services aimed at connecting numerous individual groups developing domain-specific, user-friendly, Web-based portals and tools that enable scientific research.
A National Science Foundation EAGER grant funded UMSI research fellow and investigator Tawanna Dillahunt’s research on how socio-technical capital is developed and used across different socioeconomic groups and populations.
UMSI research fellow and investigator Tawanna Dillahunt is exploring the challenges and experiences of African Americans in Detroit, Michigan who grew up in middle-income households and who have experienced intergenerational downward mobility.
UMSI Assistant Professor of Information Eytan Adar is serving as a co-principal investigator on this project that will undertake research that responds to the specific analytic and operational requirements of the Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies to improve their estimates while reducing costs and respondent burden.
This project focused on developing techniques to allow users to help each other create and maintain configurations. Specifically, the team worked to develop the Collaborative Configuration Service (CCS)—a facility that collects configuration information from various users and matches similar users with each other for the purpose of diagnosing problems, providing help, and recommending new functionality.